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Trucker mailed rattlesnake under mysterious circumstances

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A truck driver in Southern California was mailed a rattlesnake in what he calls an “attempted murder” earlier this month. 

60-year-old truck driver Elijah Bowles called police after he and a friend opened a package to find a poisonous snake on May 16th in San Bernardino County, California. 

According to USA Today, Bowles and a friend went to pick up a package addressed to him at the Twentynine Palms post office. Bowles’ friend opened the package in the car as they drove away and “she threw it at me almost,” he explained. Bowles immediately pulled over and put the box with the mailed rattlesnake on the curb before calling 911. 

Officers arrived at the scene and Animal Control took the Western rattlesnake, also known as the Northern Pacific rattlesnake, into custody. 

Investigation revealed that the package, marked “fragile,” was mailed on May 3rd from Hayward, California with a Palm Coast, Florida return address. 

“I’m trying to figure out, do I have any enemies?” Bowles said to Patch news. “That’s attempted murder, if you ask me.”

No further information on the incident has been released.

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